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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Great underrated comedy!!

    This 1980 comedy can really be classified as a ''sleeper'' hit. It skewers the fad-happy Marin County of the late '70s which, ironically, helps it to become a timeless classic. Besides the main cast of stars Martin Mull, Sally Kellerman and Tuesday Weld, some veteran actors turn in their best performances: Bill Macy as the trendy neighbor Sam, Peter Bonerz as the hack psychiatrist Leonard, and the hilarious Tommy Smothers as the local guru, Reverend Spike. But best performance kudos go to the venerable Christopher Lee, who plays his typically stuffy proper Englishman, even in his role as the head of a gay motorcycle gang called ''The Road Reamers''. This is probably the strangest character of his career, and he clearly is having fun force-fitting the two personas together, which creates some of the most oft-quoted dialogue in film. Mull plays Harvey Holroyd, who is a fairly straight and down-to-earth banker in a town filled with flakes, trendy types, and hustlers looking to cash in on the next trend. His wife Kate, played by Weld, seems sensible enough. But she ultimately falls into the fad-chasing game, egged on by her loopy friend Martha (Kellerman), who changes husbands as often as clothing. Meanwhile, Holroyd's marriage is collapsing, his job is going nowhere, and his daughter is coerced into joining a cult. After taking himself through the wringer (and a nervous breakdown), he finally decides on a course of action to fix his and his family's life. Director Bill Persky expertly stitches together the wild and twisting action that brings the movie to an end, with some hilarious character conclusions. I whole-heartedly recommend this film to anyone with a wacky sense of humor and anyone who remembers Jazzercise, EST, pyramid power, transcendental meditation, and all the other silliness of the '70s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    This is the MOST under rated movie ever

    I first saw Serial in 1980...I have watched it 2 or 3 times a year ever since..You have to pay REALLY close attention because there are so many jokes in the movie that they are easy to miss..You need to watch it a few times before you see them all..Well worth seeing...

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